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Trump's attorneys ask to review documents seized from Cohen in Federal Bureau of Investigation raid

17 April 2018

Cohen, who has worked as a lawyer and troubleshooter for Trump over the past decade, is the subject of a criminal investigation that prosecutors in NY have said focuses on his private finances and business interests.

Lawyers for Cohen appeared without their client at a hearing Friday before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan federal court.

President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, facilitated a payment plan totaling $1.6 million past year to a former Playboy model who says she became pregnant by Elliott Broidy, a leading GOP fundraiser, a source tells CNN.

In a new filing on Monday, Mr. Cohen's lawyers claimed that agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized more than a dozen electronic devices during the raids, some of which, they added, contained information that had nothing to do with the investigation.

They declined to say publicly what laws they believed Cohen had broken, but said the probe had to do with her personal business dealings.

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Federal prosecutors revealed in court documents obtained by ABC News last week that they have already secretly obtained search warrants for various different email accounts associated with Cohen and found no messages between him and the president.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, on Saturday shot down a McClatchy report alleging that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence Cohen went to Prague during the 2016 election.

McKay returned repeatedly to his central argument that Cohen, and in turn Trump, should not be given allowances unavailable to ordinary citizens. The FBI raids also sought information that included payments allegedly made to keep women silent about affairs with Trump more than a decade ago. Another option is to set up a "special master" who would vet the material to determine what is protected and what isn't; that is the Cohen team's second choice.

Communications between lawyers and clients are typically confidential under the doctrine of attorney-client privilege.

The presidents' lawyers argue prosecutors shouldn't be able to use material seized from Cohen, Mr. Trump's personal attorney, until he and Cohen have determined what in that material should be excluded because of the attorney-client privilege.

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Raising the stakes: Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, told NPR on Sunday that he will be attending the hearing - and he told CNN that Daniels also will be in attendance. "This ends now. My attorney and I are committed to making sure that everyone finds out the truth and the facts of what happened, and I give my word we will not rest until that happens".

So Cohen could provide the court with an expansive list of everyone he assisted and claim they were his clients. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!' It remained unclear Monday morning if the judge would rule from the bench or issue a written decision at another time.

Judge Wood left open the possibility that she could appoint a special master at a later date to conduct a fuller review of the documents for materials that fall under attorney-client privilege.

Cohen is due in court Monday afternoon just days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his New York City office and residences for files.

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Trump's attorneys ask to review documents seized from Cohen in Federal Bureau of Investigation raid